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Contemporary Art Exhibition Opens Saturday at UW Art Museum

May 23, 2016
painting of woman in traditional Chinese clothing with flowers and bird in the background
Hung Liu’s “China Mary II” is among larger-than-life works from the UW Art Museum’s collection that will be on view at the museum beginning Saturday, May 28. (UW Art Museum Acquisitions Fund Purchase)

“Oversized: Contemporary Art from the Collection” will open Saturday, May 28, at the University of Wyoming Art Museum. The exhibition will be on view through Saturday, Aug. 6.

The ever-expanding measurements of paintings and photographs have been a topic of interest since the mid-20th century. Abstract expressionist painters first challenged the traditional scale of works by creating images that filled museum and gallery walls to their limits.

“Larger-than-life canvases and photographs invite an extraordinary visual experience in which the viewer cannot help but be immersed in the artwork,” says Nicole Crawford, curator of collections at the UW Art Museum. “Working in large scale allows artists to push the boundaries of art-making in unique modes, such as changing the shape of the canvas, integrating the frame into the artwork, perforating the canvas and using a syringe to apply paint.”

Selected from the Art Museum’s collection, “Oversized” presents works, in a variety of mediums and techniques, by artists who typically work in large scale and do so successfully. 

For more information about the UW Art Museum, call (307) 766-6622, visit the website at, or follow the museum on Facebook and Instagram.

Through its “Museum as Classroom” approach, the UW Art Museum places art at the center of learning for all ages. Located in the Centennial Complex at 2111 Willett Drive in Laramie, the museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday hours are extended to 7 p.m. February through April and September through November. Admission is free.

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